Sunday, August 2, 2015

Biscuit Pancakes

As far as cooking goes, my father likes to grill, and he likes to cook breakfast. He used to make Mrs. Packard's Pancakes, which we called biscuit pancakes when we were kids, because they are so thick, and tasted like a cross between a biscuit and a pancake. The past two Sundays, we have made them at home using Cup4Cup flour and gluten free breadcrumbs. My daughters, who usually complain about pancakes, and take a lot of prompting to eat more than one, ate two biscuit pancakes without complaint. That's a win in my book!

We like to serve our biscuit pancakes with butter and jam, which is how I ate them growing up.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Flame Tree Barbecue - Disney's Animal Kingdom

Earlier today, we had lunch at Flame Tree Barbecue, a quick service restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom.  It was closed for refurbishment earlier this year, but it reopened this summer with a new look and some new menu items.  

I did stop at the Discovery Island Allergy Kiosk before deciding where to go for lunch, but their Allergy-Friendly Dining Tips pamphlet does not have up-to-date information about Flame Tree Barbecue.   

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Yachtsman Steakhouse - Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Earlier this week, my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary at Yachtsman Steakhouse, a signature dining restaurant at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.  

While we waited to be seated, we watched a cast member cut beautiful NY strip steaks, which helped influenced my decision on what to order for a main course.  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gluten Free in New York City - Part 5

We started our final full day in New York City with breakfast at our hotel, then we headed out to see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  I recommend buying your tickets ahead of time from Statue Cruises.  We bought Reserve with Pedestal Access tickets, which meant we had a lot of steps to climb, but if you are up for it, try to get Reserve with Crown tickets, so you can go all the way up to the crown.  Buy them early, because they sell out fast.  

We had lunch at Hu Kitchen, a fast casual restaurant that focuses on clean eating.  All of their food is gluten free and non-GMO, and they do not use cane sugar, soy lecithin, refined sugar, or emulsifiers. You can read Hu Kitchen's food pillars here.  If you eat a Paleo diet, you will love Hu Kitchen.  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Disney's Allergy-Friendly Menus

In April, Disney began the process of introducing allergy-friendly menus at table service and quick service restaurants at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.  My understanding is that by the end of September, these menus will be available at all Disney owned and operated table service and quick service restaurants at the theme parks, water parks, resort hotels, and Downtown Disney.  All of the menus note that you may still consult with a chef before placing your order, and have the following disclaimer:

The new menus cover the top 8 allergens - gluten/wheat, milk, egg, soy, peanut, tree nut, fish, and shellfish.  Maybe because gluten/wheat is the most common special diet request at Disney, some restaurants, like Landscape of Flavors, have a separate gluten/wheat allergy-friendly menu.  These are my favorite allergy-friendly menus at Disney World, because I only have to avoid gluten.

Pizza Planet - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Pizza Planet, a quick service restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios, has a new allergy-friendly menu.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gluten Free in New York City - Part 4

On our fourth day in New York City, we had breakfast at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, which you can read about here, then headed to the 9/11 Memorial.  

The 9/11 Memorial is free, but we bought tickets ahead of time to visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and One World Observatory, located at the top of One World Trade Center.  We all loved One World Observatory with its amazing views of New York City, and enjoyed walking around outside and exploring the 9/11 Memorial, but my 10 year old daughters had a hard time with the 9/11 Memorial Museum.  I highly recommend all three activities, but the 9/11 Memorial Museum might not be appropriate for young children. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chef Mickey's Breakfast - Disney's Contemporary Resort

Mary Roelle, one of my blog readers, travels to Disney World every year.  One of the reasons her family goes yearly is because it is a safe place where her daughter, who has celiac, can enjoy a "Magical Eat-A-Thon."  Mary and I have a lot in common.  We are both teachers and moms of twins, we share a love of "The Most Magical Place on Earth,", and she is thinking about starting a gluten free blog, which I have definitely encouraged her to do after reading her wonderful review of Chef Mickey's.